Community youth development and prevention research promotes principles of both positive youth development and prevention science as core approaches to community development. Positive youth development is an asset-based approach to development, which builds upon the strengths of youth, residents, and in the community. Prevention science focuses on reducing risk and increasing protective factors that promotes resiliency and engagement of youth and residents in pro-social behaviors. Through a positive youth development approach, protective factors are increased at multiple social-ecological levels to reduce the likelihood for youth and individuals to engage in problem behaviors.
Community Youth Development & Prevention Research Team
The Community Youth Development and Prevention Team is a research team affiliated with the
Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. The Center's mission is to promote community health and development through collaborative research, teaching, and public service.
This site provides a platform for researchers from the KU Center Team for Community Youth Development and Prevention to work collaboratively with community partners to support positive change and improvements in local communities. The intent of this shared space is to foster co-learning and synthesis of knowledge to enhance our collective understanding for supporting community youth development and prevention approaches in communities.
Research Team Members
The KU Center Team for Community Youth Development and Prevention Research is led by
Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson. Dr. Watson-Thompson is an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and an Associate Director for Community Participation and Research for the
KU Center for Community Health and Development.
For additional information regarding the KU Center Team for Community Youth Development and Prevention, or if interested in serving as a collaborative partner, contact
Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson.
KU Center for Community Health and Development